Just on my way back from 2 weeks in the Maritimes. Not having been home in almost two decades, it was a very enlightening trip. The most obvious to me was the new cultural diversity back there. There were as many Asian students at Dalhousie U in Halifax as you would see in Vancouver. Quite different from the WASP province that I grew up in and a welcome change.
We ended up driving almost 2000 km as we visited family. Like Alberta, I found the drivers here to be very well mannered. I know that there are a lot of complaints about Alberta drivers so I thought about that for awhile and came to an epiphany. It's not that other provinces have better drivers; it's that the vast majority of LMD motorists are so bad. Here they are able to maintain lane position religiously. If you aren't passing someone (and quickly) you are in the right lane. No aggressive fools blowing by on the right and cutting in. No clowns who cannot comprehend the rules of the road or make up their own. No "Professional Drivers" blowing red lights. And the speed limit is adhered to within no more than 10 over. All the divided highways are posted 110, and even there nobody was driving like the fools on the Coquihalla. And city driving was never the dog-eat-dog gong show that Vancouver driving is.
One day we drove from Halifax to the South Shore along the Lighthouse Route. The road is a great mixture of twisty, up and down curves. Beautiful ocean views and lots of great little towns. The big surprise was the speed limit. What would be posted at 50 km/hr in BC was 80-90 km/hr here. In a rental car it was enjoyable. On a bike it would be awesome. You could have a thoroughly enjoyable ride without fear of repercussions. Any of the old roads make for great riding and are in surprisingly good condition.
Talking with a friend, I was I formed of the cost of those repercussions. They are significant and highly enforced. You start out with 10 points on your license. Once they are gone, it's time to get familiar with the bus schedule.
There are 4 types of speeding tickets here; A, B, C and D.
A= 1-15 km/hr over. -2 points and $168.50.
B= 16-30 km/hr over. -4 points, about $270 and a 7 day license suspension.
C= 30-49 km/hr over. -6 points, about $380 and 7 day license suspension.
D = 50 km/hr and up over is considered stunting/racing. 7 day suspension, $2400 fine, possible impound and -6 points. Up to $10,000 for third offence.
As for private insurance? My friend has all the same coverage that I do through my combined ICBC and private insurance. He pays $230 per month. That covers his 2010 Dodge Ram Crew Cab.
And his 2012 Dodge Journey.
And his travel trailer.
And his house.
That's $2760 per year for 2 new vehicles, a travel trailer and a home. I almost pay that for a 27 year old car and my bike.
And speaking of his house, it was under 200K.
2600 square feet.
With a 24 X 62 insulated garage/workshop.
On 1/2 acre.
On a lake.
30 minutes from downtown Halifax.
Not being a lakefront fan, we looked at several nice properties on the ocean. It's pretty easy to find a 3-5 acre oceanfront property with a cottage for under $100K. There was one gorgeous 180 acre parcel with a newly built house, a 3 km sand driveway and on a bluff overlooking a beach but at the higher end being priced at $480K. It was 70 minutes from Halifax.
We are looking at moving back to assist my elderly parents. But whether or not we get back there to live soon, I guarantee that there is another 2-3 weeks scheduled for next summer. If you haven't had the chance to visit, I urge you to go. Just maybe not in November.